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22
March
2017

Israel is Calling again in 2017

Israel is Calling again in 2017

Tel Aviv, Israel

The second edition of Israel Calling is due to take place next month in Tel Aviv. Following the success of the event last year more than 25 acts from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest have been confirmed so far. The event will take place in between 3rd and 6th April.

The project, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, The Jewish National Fund, Herzliya Municipality, the “StandWithUs” organisation and of course - the Tel Aviv Municipality – the host city of the event.

The artists participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will arrive in Israel for a four-day excursion taking in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Herzliya. As is now customary, participants will also plant trees before the highlight of the event takes place, the live concert, on 5th April. All participating artists will perform their song live for both fans and press.

Tali Eshkoli, initiator and producer of the project said; "We are delighted that such a huge amount of Eurovision artists confirmed their participation in our event and we are excited to know that they are waiting for their upcoming visit to Israel. All of them are waiting to perform their songs for the Israeli audience, as well as the local and international media. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the artists and journalists to come to Israel, enjoy their stay and see our beautiful landscapes and sites and meet the people".

Eurovision.tv will be covering the event in 2017 and for information about Israel Calling visit the official Facebook page.

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22
March
2017

Statement from the EBU regarding Russia's participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest

<div>Statement from the EBU regarding Russia's participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest</div>

Geneva, Switzerland

Earlier today several news outlets reported that the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, has been banned from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was chosen to represent Russia with the song Flame is Burning. More details are expected soon.

Statement from the EBU regarding Russia's participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:

It has been confirmed to the EBU that the Ukrainian authorities have issued a travel ban on the Russian artist chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, as she has been judged to have contravened Ukrainian law by entering Crimea in order to perform.

We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.

We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.

Further updates on the situation are expected in due course.

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21
March
2017

Introducing Eurovision's first ever Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

<div>Introducing Eurovision's first ever Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set</div>

Geneva, Switzerland

For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, there will be a limited edition vinyl box set in 2017! Each of the sets will include four 180g high-fidelity 24-bit Vinyls including all 43 songs from the 2017 contest as well as a 56-page softback coffee table book with artist biographies, exclusive photographs and more!

The exclusive box set is available to pre-order now on the official Eurovision Song Contest shop. The vinyl package will also include a download voucher for the official album of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Each box set will be individually serialised and available for a limited time only.

As is customary, the official CD featuring all 43 entries in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is also available for pre-order and will be released on Friday 28th April. Fans who pre-order the CD on the Eurovision shop will also receive a free coaster set featuring the Celebrate Diversity theme artwork of the 2017 contest.

The official album will be available for pre-order on iTunes on Friday 7th April and available for download on Friday 21st April. The official DVD and Blu-ray are now available for pre-order and will be released on Friday 23rd June 2017. Both discs will include bonus material from the event weeks, including the opening ceremony as well as more than eight hours of live entertainment!

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21
March
2017

Get to know DiHaj, the alternative artist from Azerbaijan

Get to know DiHaj, the alternative artist from Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan

DiHaj is the stage name of singer and musician Diana Hajiyeva who will represent Azerbaijan in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Skeletons. Her song was composed by Isa Melikov and Sandra Bjurman, the same team behind Azerbaijan's winning entry from 2011, Running Scared.

DiHaj is an alternative artist who got involved in the underground music scene whilst she was studying at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. In 2014, she created DiHaj, an electronic music collective, whose sound has been described as "experimental doom pop".

Critics have praised DiHaj's originality and atmospheric vocals. "The most interesting aspect of my entry is that it’s different; from the slightly provocative song title to what you are going to see on the stage in May. I want to show the Eurovision’s audience it doesn’t matter how different or alternative you are; you can be heard and seen by audiences all around the world", she said.

"I do understand that I'm not a typical Eurovision singer", says Diana. "For me, Eurovision is a way to reach new audiences in so many countries. If you are serious about developing yourself professionally, you just can't ignore such a great opportunity to learn and speak to the audience", she added.

Check out the video for DiHaj's song, Skeletons, below!

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20
March
2017

Meet Isaiah, Australia's third Eurovision representative

<div>Meet Isaiah, Australia's third Eurovision representative</div>

Melbourne, Australia

Isaiah will represent Australia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Don't Come Easy. The song waswritten and composed by DNA (David Musumeci & Anthony Egizii) and Michael Angelo. At just 17 years old, Isaiah is one of the youngest participants in the Eurovision Song Contest this year.

With a population of only 5000 people, Moama, just outside of Melbourne Australia, is hardly the kind of place you'd expect to find a superstar. Well, no one told Isaiah that. In just two years, the talented teen has transformed from a small town singer with big dreams, to one of Australia’s most promising artists. Along the way he’s won The X Factor Australia and released a debut single, It’s Gotta Be You, that charted all over the world and notched up millions of international streams. He was chosen by Australian broadcaster SBS to represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

When asked what the most interesting aspects of Isaiah's entry are, he explains that his song was written by the same team behind Dami Im's successful entry in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. "The songwriters of Don’t Come Easy won the Marcel Bezençon Composer Award for best and most original composition at Eurovision 2016".

Isaiah comes from a large family of 11 brothers and sisters and describes himself as sporty. "I and am a good runner and I also love thrill seeking activities, I can’t wait to go skydiving!"

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for Isaiah? "It's the biggest stage in the world! It’s an extra special honour as an indigenous teenager to represent my country of Australia and inspire young kids around Australia (and the world) that no matter how young you are or where your from you can dare to dream. It's also super important because it's so uniting and it's amazing that we are all together, joyfully celebrating music from around the world".

Check out the official video for Isaiah's song for Kyiv, Don't Come Easy below.

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19
March
2017

Armenia's Artsvik gets ready to fly

<div>Armenia's Artsvik gets ready to fly</div>

Yerevan, Armenia

Today the spotlight is on Artsvik who will represent Armenia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Last night she debuted the official video for her entry for Kyiv, Fly With Me. Late last year she won Armenia's brand new national selection, Depi Evratesil and will represent her country in Ukraine in May.

Artsvik was born in 1984 in Armenia and moved to Moscow, Russia, when she was five years old. Music was always a part of her life but it was on a specific night, new year's eve, that Artsvik decided to dedicate her life to the profession.

In 2012 Artsvik became a member of the Jazz Parking Project. During the same year she auditioned for The Voice of Russia, becoming a nationwide sensation. She began to develop a fanbase and so Artsvik began to record covers of hit songs as well as originals; Why, No Fear, I Say Yes and Сестры по духу. Over the years she has also participated in numerous international music festivals all over her world, growing both as a person and a professional on her way to Europe’s biggest stage.

In 2016 Artsvik decided to move back to Armenia. It was always her dream to represent her country at the biggest music event in Europe, so she decided to audition for national broadcaster AMPTV’s new show, Depi Evratesil, the Armenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. After each performance Artsvik continued to receive the highest points from both juries and viewers, thus becoming the winner of the competition and getting a chance to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest. Fly With Me, Artsvik's entry for 2017, was composed by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan. The lyrics were written by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan.

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